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Snowpiercer

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7.12 h 6 min2014X-Ray16+
A post-apocalyptic ice age forces humanity's last survivors aboard a globe-spanning super train. One man (Chris Evans) will risk everything to lead a revolt for control of the engine and the future of the world.
Directors
Jeong Tae-sung
Starring
Chris EvansTilda SwintonJamie Bell
Genres
Science FictionSuspenseHorrorAction
Subtitles
English (UK) [CC]English (US) [CC]
Audio Languages
EnglishEnglish [Audio Description]
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Supporting actors
Octavia SpencerJohn HurtEd HarrisAlison PillSong Kang HoKo Asung
Producers
Bong Joon-hoKelly Masterson
Studio
The Weinstein Company
Content advisory
Alcohol usefoul languagesmokingviolence
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3.9 out of 5 stars

5482 global ratings

  1. 49% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 19% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 16% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 7% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 9% of reviews have 1 stars
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Fred WrightReviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 December 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
The negative reviews seem to have missed the point totally
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Yes the film is surreal, weird and doesn't hold up to technical scrutiny for even a moment... but it is really amusing that people have focused on this entirely and rated one star whilst totally missing the spot on depiction of how broken and unequal our society is. The film is clearly an allegory for the social and organisational structure of our world and humanity as a whole.

(Possible spoilers below.)

I thought the hedonistic lifestyle of the people in the front at the expense of the poor and forever suffering people in the back who vastly outnumber them made that pretty obvious. Then you have the middlemen like the police or military who are willing to oppress, enslave and murder the poor at the behest of the rich just so they are better off than the poor even though they are also poor and disposable in the eyes of the rich. Then all the overpopulation stuff of course. Hell you could even say the train itself is an apt metaphor for this world. Going nowhere, forever in circles, slowly falling apart and ultimately leading to annihilation and disaster yet it is forced to carry on this course because the sociopaths in charge can't see any other way and since they aren't suffering they don't care to try.

Ring any bells? I thought framing the entire thing around climate change would have made it clear enough...
97 people found this helpful
Ken O'NeillReviewed in the United Kingdom on 18 June 2018
2.0 out of 5 stars
Total nonsense!!
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I neither speak Korean nor read Dutch, so I was going to miss some of the dialogue. That's not the real issue though, not even close.

The script, direction and acting totally failed to make me care about, never mind for, most of the characters. The exception being that I took an instant dislike to Tilda Swanson's character.

Worse was to come though: I suddenly realised just how stupid the idea of making a train as a refuge capsule for the last survivors of mankind was:-
1) Who maintains the tracks if the train can never stop, and you will die in minutes if you leave it?
2) Have none of these people heard of the square-cube law? A long, thin object like a rake of coaches is purpose designed to maximise heat loss!
3) How do you maintain the power plant, and indeed the trains wheels and bearings if it can't stop?
4) How do you know the track ahead still exists if you only visit any point on the track once a year?

Given the ending I suspect that the director may have realised some of this, and carried on anyway!
50 people found this helpful
JimReviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 December 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Beautifully shot, absorbing sci-fi
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I bought this film without expectations because I'd never heard of it and often that can be a bad sign. I was also put off by the concept of all surviving humanity existing on a train powered by some kind of perpetual motion engine. But putting all implausibility aside, and the sometimes less than subtle signposting of class system tropes, I absolutely loved this film. For a start, what a cast! Chris Evans is a revelation in his role, mesmerising. The Cap has layers. John Hurt is as brilliant as ever channelling a Gilliamesque vibe. Ed Harris is never less than compelling in everything he does, and here he raises his game yet again even though this is little more than a cameo; his best turn since State of Grace, (although in The Right Stuff he is peerless and nothing could ever better that) . As for Kang-Ho Song and Go Ah-Sung - what astonishingly talented actors; I will seek out their work in future because charisma on that scale is rare. This is a very grown up Hunger Games, with more to say and saying it in a much more enlightening and enriching way. Kudos to Bong Joon-Ho. Beautifully conceived, beautifully shot, beautifully realised. A director of supreme talent, celebrated in his home country, it's surely only a matter of time before global recognition follows. This film is so much more than the sum of its parts, I have no idea how it didn't get wider distribution. I lose count of the films I've watched that are hyped up to the eyeballs and then disappoint. This is one that exceeds all expectations. A wonderful way to spend a couple of hours. Suspend your disbelief, watch this and be a better human being for it.
39 people found this helpful
OlaOnlineReviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 September 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
Appalling waist of a Talented Cast and Crew on an Absurd Concept
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All the survivors of a global calamity on a train that does not stop? I was keen to see what the premise was, but as the movie continued, the absurdities simply piled up.

Most people with any technical sense understand how complex a railway is, and how dependent it is on external assistance, leaves/trees on the line anyone?, cracked rails etc

The concept of the movie does not work, and what I consider to be fine performances, great filming technique, decent dialogue from a rather good crew and cast cannot rescue this movie from its essential absurdity.

The end is the final absurdity, clearly some one on the writing team mistakes the which is deadly/lethal with something cute cos it looks pretty on camera, I was going to give 2 stars, but remembering the end requires I give it a 1 star
22 people found this helpful
Richard HodkinsonReviewed in the United Kingdom on 04 December 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
The worst film I've seen in a long time, possibly ever.
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Utter trash. Perhaps it's intended as some kind of political allegory but it fails on plot, character, motivation, common sense, any kind of consistent world (I mean, a train, with no maintained tracks in hostile freezing weather?). Nothing makes sense in this film, and it's not even 'so bad it's good'. It's just hackneyed, violence-for-shock, tenth-rate drivel.
21 people found this helpful
The CoachReviewed in the United Kingdom on 29 May 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
Who writes this garbage.
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So everyone lives on a train with the poor people at the back and the rich ones at the front and travel endlessly round the world .. oh I can't go on. Please, don't bother. Its the worst film I've watched since Grease 2.
17 people found this helpful
Douglas RussellReviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 November 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
Makes no sense. Not a good movie.
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I really wanted to like this film as I like post-apocalyptic fiction and trains. It just made absolutely no sense though. Premise, plot and charactect development all very weak. At least some effort to explain why they are on a train, how it can continally operate on an unmaintained track and how a seemingly huge population can be maintained in a tiny closed system for so long, would go a long way to helping suspend disbelief.

I think this could have been a good movie, but it's really not. 2 hours of CGI frozen land/cityscapes and train visuals would have been more worth the watch!
10 people found this helpful
M J EggintonReviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 August 2015
3.0 out of 5 stars
Unless you speak Korean or Dutch you are going to miss some of the dialogue with this DVD
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Be mindful when you buy the Dutch version of this DVD. Yes, you can watch it in English. However, one of the main characters in this movie speaks Korean throughout and since you can only select Dutch subtitles (and not English) you will spend the entire movie without a clue what he is talking about (unless you are actually Dutch or Korean). For the most part this is not a major issue but towards the end of the movie this character gives a long monologue with flashbacks so I can only assume he is giving the audience some pretty important exposition. Without understanding what he is saying you might get to the end of the movie thinking WTF?
44 people found this helpful
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